Acer founder says IoT is ‘Tai­wan’s big op­por­tu­nity’


Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih ( ) yes­ter­day ap­pealed to Tai­wanese youth to em­brace the In­ter­net of Things (IoT), which he said is the coun­try’s big mar­ket op­por­tu­nity.

He said Tai­wan has a key role to play in the global rise of the IoT, an in­dus­try term that de­scribes ob­jects en­riched by con­nec­tion to the In­ter­net, like space heaters that can be con­trolled via smart­phone.

The IoT is Tai­wan’s big mar­ket op­por­tu­nity, as many of the world’s sen­sor sys­tems and wear­able de­vices come from do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers, Shih said at an an­nual IT trade show in Taipei.

With­out Tai­wan, IoT tech- nolo­gies are un­able to make ma­jor strides, he said.

Shih’s strug­gling PC firm had bet big on the IoT, ac­quir­ing the U.S. cloud tech­nol­ogy provider iGWare in 2011 and rolling out an open cloud plat­form, Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC), to con­sumers last year.

Acer’s cloud plat­form en­ables hard­ware and soft­ware part­ners to build IoT ap­pli­ca­tions, Shih said, stress­ing that the IoT mar­ket has room for big play­ers as well as small and medium-sized en­ter­prises.

Shih was speak­ing at the sum­mit fo­rum of 2015 COM­PU­TEX Taipei ( ), an ICT trade show that is Asia’s largest and the sec­ond-largest in the world.

This year’s sum­mit fo­rum, themed “IoT and the Cloud: Soft­ware to Hard­ware — The Next Step,” saw lead­ers of the tech in­dus­try talk­ing up IoT ap­pli­ca­tions. Amer­i­can re­search com­pany In­ter­na­tional Data Cor­po­ra­tion (IDC) fore­casts that the IoT will be­come a US$2.9 tril­lion mar­ket by next year.

Jo­han Lo­de­nius, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer of Tai­wanese chip-maker Me­di­atek Inc., pre­dicted a “brand new world” af­ter 2025 that is in­hab­ited by in­te­grated and con­nected de­vices and con­sumers that ex­pect them.

Also yes­ter­day, COM­PU­TEX Taipei hosted the Cloud Se­cu­rity Fo­rum, with IBM, In­tel, Trend Mi­cro and other in­dus­try play­ers pitch­ing so­lu­tions for pro­tect­ing cor­po­rate pri­vacy and in­for­ma­tion on the cloud amid in­creas­ing se­cu­rity lapses.

The an­nual trade show runs un­til June 6 at the Tai­wan World Trade Cen­ter Halls 1 and 3, Nan­gang Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall and the Taipei In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

As in more re­cent shows, ven­dors this year are spot­light­ing some lead­ing de­vel­op­ments in IoT ap­pli­ca­tions.

Acer Inc. is at the fair with its Liq­uid Leap fit­ness bands and its abTouchPhone — a “desk phone” with a built-in An­droid tablet — and Asustek Com­puter Inc. is pre­sent­ing its new health tracker VivoWatch.

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